Police: Northwestern High student had gun on school property

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 7, 2014 

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— A Northwestern High School student was arrested this week after police say he brought a shotgun to school and left it in the back of his Jeep in the school’s parking lot.

At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, the school’s resource officer received information that a yellow Jeep in the high school’s parking lot had a gun in the back of it, according to a Rock Hill police report. The officer found the shotgun lying in plain sight in the rear cargo area.

The officer and a school administrator pulled the Jeep’s owner, identified as Joshua Miller, 17, out of class, the report states. Police seized the gun and searched the Jeep for other weapons, finding none.

Miller, police say, was charged with weapon on school grounds and taken to jail, the report states.

The Rock Hill School District forbids all students from bringing any type of firearms to school, according to district policies.

“We tell students over and over and over again that they’re not allowed to have any weapons like that in their vehicles or on their person,” said Elaine Baker, schools spokeswoman. “He did.”

The gun was uncovered during an administrative check on property, Baker said. Miller had no intentions of using the rifle, she said, but left it in his Jeep accidentally.

Miller's father said his family had been in the process of moving several days before the gun was found, and one of his son's friends put the gun in the car.

"It was a complete mistake and an accident," he said.

Administrators, Baker said, will “make a recommendation for his discipline.” School district policies state that students who bring firearms on school property “will be expelled and referred to law enforcement.”

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